Jusoor School, Beirut

INTO Giving supports Syrian refugee schoolchildren through completely renovating a school and paying for a school counselor providing mental health support.

How can you help?

INTO Giving is supporting Syrian refugee schoolchildren and teachers at the Jusoor School in Beirut, Lebanon with £18,500 (US $24,000) over 2016-18.

More than 320 children attend Jusoor School everyday. These children range from age six to 17-years-old, but most are aged just six to eight-years-old.

In 2016, INTO Giving completely renovated a new school building – its seven classrooms, six bathrooms, kitchen, hallways, stairwells and walls, electricity, water, and the 300 metre playground - enabling the school to move from its old and small premises, to the new one, which opened in autumn 2016.

The new school comes complete with a new computer lab, with twelve laptops and 50 tablets, and a library with more than 200 books. 

In 2017-18, we're supporting the costs of a school counsellor, who provides mental health support to the school's children and teachers (many of the teachers are themselves Syrian refugees).  

Children at Jusoor will have lost everything - homes, family members, friends, pets, the buoyancy and sunny brilliance of childhood -  in their country's civil war, and be in very real and immediate need of mental health help.

Jusoor's school counsellor works directly with 70 children and 40 teachers a year and indirectly (via teachers) with a further 140 special cases. Jusoor's school counsellor will also provide mental health training to up to 70 teachers at other non-profits working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey.

 

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT

More than one million schoolchildren have fled from the Syrian Civil War to Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq.

Although 500,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are school-aged, most – 310,000, in fact – are not in school. For these children, school provides not just education, but some sense of normality, support and hope.

THE GOOD NEWS

The sounds you hear at the Jusoor School are familiar  in classrooms around the world. Laughter. Play. Quiet study. Teachers instructing classes. Children reading aloud. Normality is resumed for a few hours as a child repeats a story, another asks a question, another shifts in their seat as they quietly take it all in.

Life and learning closer to where it should be, thanks to you. Your donations are doing wonders.

Please remember, every penny raised for or donated to INTO Giving will be matched by INTO Giving’s Chairman, penny for penny, pound for pound, dollar for dollar.

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